Shawnee English Department
 
Mrs. Lorna Fairess
Assistant Principal
English Supervisor
lfairess@lrhsd.org

Lorna Fairess

 
Mrs. Fairess graduated from Old Dominion University with a BS in Education.  She then obtained her Masters in English from Rutgers, Camden.  She attended Rowan University and achieved her supervisor's certificate, followed by completing an administrator's program with NJExcel.  With NJExcel she obtained both her principal and school administrator certificates. She taught middle school English and history for nine years in Millville and served as a grades 5-12 supervisor of English and media with Pittsgrove Township Schools.  She then was a district supervisor of humanities K-12 (English, world languages, social studies, and media) with Monroe Township School District in Middlesex County, NJ.  She has served as Supervisor of Instruction/Assistant Principal at Shawnee since December of 2005. She loves spending time with her husband and her three sons. As a NJ educator of twenty-four years, she loves working with teachers, administrators, and students on a variety of projects.      

English Department Teachers - Read teachers' bios below course descriptions

Mr. Niklas Tama
Ms. Amy Felix
afelix@lrhsd.org
Ms. Lora Griffin 
Mr. John Kehoe
jkehoe@lrhsd.org
Mr. Randy Latini
rlatini@lrhsd.org
Mr. Jon Posch
jposch@lrhsd.org
Ms. Sue Meimbresse
smeimbresse@lrhsd.org
Mr. Timothy Moran
tmoran@lrhsd.org
Mr. Steve Nemeth
snemeth@lrhsd.org
Mr. Rob Rinier
rrinier@lrhsd.org
Mr. Eugene Shulman
eushulman@lrhsd.org
Mrs. Susie Schliep
ssmith@lrhsd.org
Ms. Janet Takemoto
jtakemoto@lrhsd.org
Mr. Michael Vogel
mvogel@lrhsd.org
Ms. Angela Miller
amiller@lrhsd.org

English Course Descriptions 

English
Ninth grade students are required to pass English I. Tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students are required to 
pass English II, English III and English IV and may take semesterized courses in addition to those courses. NJ 
Common Core Standards are addressed in all English courses. Summer reading is required in all full-year 
courses. 
 
English HSPA Prep III MOD 
Remedial courses designed for students identified through standardized test scores as needing to improve reading, 
writing, and processing skills. Literature and other readings for this course are selected specifically for students to 
improve skills such as comprehension and vocabulary. Emphasis is on improving persuasive and narrative writing 
and responding to literature and personal experience. Specific focus is placed on structure. These goals will be met 
using various techniques and resources, including current technology. 
 
English HSPA Prep IV MOD
Designed for students who need to improve reading and writing skills to pass the HSPA. Students who are 
identified as partially proficient on the language arts literacy section of the HSPA in their junior year will be 
placed in this course and given the opportunity to retake the failed sections of the HSPA in the senior year. The 
state also allows an alternative way for students to pass the HSPA called the AHSA process. This will be 
completed in class. The work in this course will focus on basic writing skills and reading skills necessary to 
pass the HSPA. The course work will also involve literature selected specifically for students to practice skills 
such as reading, comprehension, and vocabulary. Students will do research and oral presentations. 
 
English I HON, ACC, CP, MOD
English I is taught using the Reading/Writing Workshop model. Half of each week is spent on writing 
instruction, while the other half is dedicated to the study of literature—short stories, the novel, drama and 
poetry, as well as non-fiction. Students are introduced to several writing modes, including research. 
Independent reading is required throughout the year. As students write more extensively, they become more 
critical readers, and as they read more, they learn to identify and incorporate the tools of master writers. 
 
English II HON, ACC, CP, MOD
Focuses on American Literature: short stories, poems, essays, plays, and novels, and includes authors from the 
colonial period through the 21st Century. Additional study will include writing, research, speaking, vocabulary, 
and discussion. 
 
This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align 
with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards. 
 
*AP English Language 
 and Composition HON 
Offered by invitation only to juniors who display special ability in English, this course allows students to write 
in many forms - narrative, exploratory, expository, and argumentative - on many different subjects from 
personal experiences to public policies, from imaginative literature to popular culture. Offered by invitation 
only to juniors who display special ability in English. Equivalent to a first year college course, students taking 
this course will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement test in Language and 
Composition. Students may receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their test scores and 
individual college policy. *Offered as BCC Cap Course.
 
English III  ACC, CP, MOD
Focuses on British Literature: short stories, poems, plays, essays, and novels, stressing all the language skills in 
reading and writing as well as critical thinking and listening. Periods studied range from the Anglo-Saxons to 
the 21st Century. The work in this course will involve lecture, composition, research, oral presentations, 
vocabulary, SAT preparation, HSPA preparation, and special projects. 
 
*AP English Literature 
 and Composition HON 
Offered by invitation only to seniors who display special ability in English. Equivalent to a first year college 
English course, students taking this course will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement 
Test in Literature and Composition. Students may receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon 
their test scores and individual college policy. *Offered as BCC Cap Course.
 
English IV ACC, CP, MOD
Focuses on World Literature and builds on language skills previously developed. Emphasis is on literature as a 
reflection of the culture that produced it. This course continues to stress writing, critical thinking, and 
vocabulary. 
 
English I, II, III, IV PR
Emphasis is on remediation of weaknesses in reading, writing, and vocabulary development. At all levels, 
students will develop and learn to apply skills to "real life" situations. Available through the Child Study Team 
 
Humanities Seminar ACC
Designed to teach students to develop their ability to see art, listen to music, and read literature. In addition to 
developing criteria for aesthetic judgment, the course emphasizes evaluation of the historic, social, and 
philosophical significance of ideas, institutions, and works of human expression. The course will demonstrate 
the evolution of crucial themes and ideas and relate them to current issues and attitudes. Students will develop 
skills necessary for communication of ideas to others. Humanities Seminar is a Level 2 academic elective 
without prerequisite. It will be team taught by a teacher from the English Department and a teacher from the 
Humanities Department. 
 
Individual Studies I PR
Designed for students in need of individualized or small group instruction in study skills. Areas of study 
include note-taking, outlining, test taking skills, organization, listening skills, following directions, and use of 
technology to complete research. Students will begin self-advocacy portfolios to provide insight and reflection 
about their learning styles and personality traits. These students will also receive support in their academic 
classes. Available through the Child Study Team.
 
Individual Studies II PR
Focuses on self-advocacy, communication and appropriate social interaction. Continuation of advanced study 
skills as well as HSPA English and math preparation. Students will explore post-secondary interests and 
continue to expand upon their self-advocacy portfolios. These students will also receive support in their 
academic classes. Available through the Child Study Team.
 
Individual Studies III PR
Includes career exploration and post-secondary preparation, civic duties, life skills, and HSPA and SAT prep, 
when appropriate. Emphasis will be placed on making the transition from high school meaningful and 
successful. These students will also receive support for their academic classes. Available through the Child 
Study Team.
 
Reading PR
Designed for students in need of individual, small group, and direct instruction in the area of reading. Individualized 
instructional approaches are utilized based on the identified needs of the students. Available through the Child 
Study Team.
 
SEMESTERIZED ENGLISH COURSES
 
Celebrating Diversity ACC
Focuses on the belief that all people have inherent qualities that can be used to make positive contributions to society. 
Emphasis will be placed on learning and understanding the importance of tolerance and respect for people regardless 
of culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, body image, or disability. Students will read 
various genres of literature, watch media presentations, participate in class discussions, and complete projects. 
 
Creative Drama ACC
Creative Drama focuses on three aspects of theatre - technique, communication, and cultural context. Students will 
examine movement, expression, characterization, and staging. They will read a number of plays from different time 
periods and cultures, and they will participate in pantomime, monologues, and scene writing, performance and 
evaluation.
 
Creative Writing ACC
Designed for students who like to write and wish to learn more about how to express themselves imaginatively in the 
short story, the poem, and the one-act play. In addition to the study of particular literary devices and techniques, there 
is much reading and keeping of personal journals as sources of ideas. Students are encouraged to submit their work in 
contests and in publications. A command of basic writing skills is necessary. 
 
Discussion and Debate ACC
Utilizes current issues as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas, attitudes, and beliefs. Discussion of issues is based on 
logical thinking, research, and proofs. Critical thinking and listening are stressed. In formal debate, students learn to 
persuade others to their point of view through evidence, argument, and appeal. Students are taught to weigh evidence, 
use logical judgment, and arrive at unbiased conclusions. 
 
Introduction to College Writing ACC
Prepares the student for the college-level composition requirement. Each student will create a number of paragraphs 
and essays of various types based on personally selected and teacher selected topics. Oral presentations may be 
required. Students in this course must be interested in improving their writing ability. 
This course is currently underrevision.Upon Board approvalthe description ofthe course will bemodified to align
with the revised curriculumand currentNew Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.
 
Journalistic Writing ACC
Shows how to locate and write news stories. Different kinds of news articles, styles, and newspaper formats are 
studied. Students read and critically evaluate stories in newspapers. Much class time is used to write news, editorials 
and features. 
This course is currently under revision.Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align
with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.
 
Literature of the Holocaust ACC
Educates students about the period of time called the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Students will get an overview of 
the time period and will read personal accounts in a variety of genre. Fiction as well as non-fiction will be included. 
Students will also work on projects, see videos, participate in class discussions, and write essays and reports. 
Emphasis will be placed on learning to accept others and tolerance of different cultures in order to eliminate future 
genocides. 
 
Mass Media ACC
Probes the nature of communication: why people need to communicate and how they do it. Students examine 
newspapers, magazines, radio, television programs, and film to assess the media's influence on daily lives. They 
investigate techniques used to sway individual decisions, and also evaluate how public and individual opinions are 
formed. 
 
Musical Theater ACC
Explores the purposes and creators of musicals. The course involves many individual readings, written research, and 
possible field trips. Students may write and perform in their own musicals. Form as an indicator of social changes is 
studied. Musicals ranging from the past to the present are analyzed in regard to type, intent, and structure. 
 
Mythology ACC
Concentrates on various world mythologies demonstrating universal archetypes and themes. These themes are 
reviewed and discussed through various readings as well as writing and speaking assignments. Works will include 
worldwide multi-cultural myths as well as classical mythologies. 
 
Poetry ACC
Includes many forms of poetry: narrative, descriptive, sonnet, ode, limerick, riddle, etc. Students interpret poems 
orally and in writing. The writing of original poems may be required. 
 
Public Speaking ACC
Helps students acquire confidence and poise before an audience. Emphasis is on organization, structure, 
research, and delivery of speeches. Techniques for effective speaking are stressed. Students are encouraged to 
develop original thoughts into effective public messages. 
 
SAT Prep ACC
Prepares students for the verbal and math sections of the SAT. Nine weeks will be spent on verbal and nine 
weeks on math. The critical reading, writing, vocabulary, and logical reasoning skills needed on the SAT will 
be addressed. Specific test-taking strategies for the SAT will also be presented. Completing this course is in no 
way a guarantee of desired results on the SAT. Open to second semester sophomores, all juniors, and first 
semester seniors. Credits will not count toward English or Math requirements for graduation. Students will be 
graded on a pass/fail basis. Students will complete a portfolio of practice tests, work samples, and skill sets 
which will be assessed by the instructor using a pre-established rubric. This is a pass/fail course. 
 
Science Fiction ACC
Focuses on fiction based on some imagined development of science or some "fantastical" idea. The course 
includes readings about the future and the effects of technology in terms of their social and psychological 
possibilities. Science fiction provides a forum for discussion (verbal and written) of social problems, 
ecological concerns, overpopulation, mind manipulation, biological engineering, etc. 
 
Science Fiction CP 
As above with greater emphasis on the basic skills. 
 
Seminar in Ideas ACC
This course gives students the opportunity to discuss, argue and evaluate issues in philosophy, culture, religion, 
psychology, and education, in literature, film, and other media. Topics frequently studied include war, animal 
rights, and the role and value of art in society. 
 
Shakespeare ACC
Why is Shakespeare the world's most popular playwright? This course attempts to answer that question by 
reading, discussing, and writing about his plays: their themes, conflicts, and characters. Background reading 
and written critical analyses are required. Research and films are used to get the "feel" of Shakespeare. 
 
Sports Literature CP
Continues to build English skills by using stories about athletic competition and sports figures. Reading 
selections will include short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, and biography. 
 
Strategies for Success in High School and Life ACC, CP
Offered to freshmen and sophomores only, this course is designed to foster appreciation for cultural diversity 
and individualism as well as to teach study skills at an early stage to be applied throughout high school and 
higher learning. Taught by English and history departments. Credits will not count toward English or history 
requirements for graduation.
 
Vocabulary Enrichment ACC
Suited for serious college-bound juniors and seniors who seek to improve their reading comprehension and 
writing skills through word study. Special emphasis is placed on word origin, research, and the application of 
new vocabulary while reading both fiction and non-fiction. Supplemental readings are integral to the course.
 
Women in Literature ACC
Examines writing by and about women. Selections are taken from British and American literature and 
represent all genre. A variety of critical approaches will be used. Students will be expected to respond both 
orally and in writing to the reading selections assigned.
 
 
English as a Second Language (ESL) 
 
The three year program of study presented by the Lenape District is designed to meet the needs of all students 
whose first language is not English and who qualify as limited English proficient according to state guidelines. 
 
ESL I 
An introduction to the phonetic and grammatical construction of the English language. All activities are 
centered around improving listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Emphasis is on students becoming 
communicative and able to function in everyday situations. If it is determined that the student needs two 
periods of English a day, 10 credits can be obtained by taking ESL I as a high intensity course. 
 
ESL II 
Builds on knowledge acquired either in ESL I or background experience. Techniques will be practiced to 
improve reading comprehension, speaking skills through directed conversation, listening skills through audio 
materials, and writing short paragraphs. 
 
ESL III 
Advanced ESL addresses the needs of those students who are competent enough in English to excel at high 
content level courses but have not passed state guidelines to be exited from ESL. Much emphasis is placed on 
writing and some literature is read. Final exiting from the program will be individually based using tools 
recommended by state requirements. 
 
Rob Rinier 
B.A. Rutgers University                                                         
M.A. Marygrove College

AP Certification   LaSalle University

Shawnee HSPA Specialist

Courses taught:

AP Language and Composition, HSPA III, English II

Courses taught at Burlington County College:

English 101, English 102
Rob Rinier
 
Janet Takemoto
College: Bachelor Degrees: English and Elementary
Education from Rowan University
Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS):
Clarion University

Year Started at Shawnee: 2005

Courses Taught this Year: English II Honors,
English II Accelerated, English IV Accelerated
Janet Takemoto
 
Steve Nemeth
Steve Nemeth has taught sophomore, junior and
senior English classes since the early 1980's. He
graduated from Burlington County College in 1976
with an associate's degree in music.  He received
his bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education
from The College of New Jersey in 1979. Steve is a
guitarist and singer and has written many original songs
used  to promote Shawnee High School activities.
 Nemeth
 
Tim Moran
BA  Montclair State 1984
Currently teaching:
English 1, Level HON
Mythology ACC
 Moran
 
John Kehoe

Education: BA from Montclair State University

                  MA from Rowan University

Started at Shawnee:  1971

Courses  Taught This Year:

AP Literature and Composition

English IV

English III

kehoe
 
Gene Shulman
41 years of teaching and coaching.
B.S. Shippensburg State College, Member of New Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame
Member of South Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame
English III, L2
English II, L2
Assistant Football Coach and Assistant Boys Lacrosse Coach
shulman
 
Niklas Tama
Nik Tama graduated from Gettysburg College
with a BA in English with a Writing Concentration. 
He teaches Freshman and Senior English, SAT
Prep, and Creative Writing.  He is Head Coach 
of Freshman Boys Soccer at Shawnee.  
tama


Mike Vogel
Mr. Vogel has been teaching English
at Shawnee since 1994. He received
his BA in Journalism and Communications
from Glassboro State College and received
his MA in English from Rowan University.
Mr. Vogel worked at the Courier-Post newspaper
as a copy editor prior to starting his teaching career.
In his sp
are time, Mr. Vogel enjoys playing
softball and watching the Green Bay Packers.
vogel
Jon Posch
Mr. Posch has been teaching English at Shawnee for seven
years. He graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick
and majored in English with a focus on creative writing poetry.
Mr. Posch is the advisor to Shawnee’s Literary Magazine and
Young Democrats. He also spends a lot of his time outside of
Shawnee reading and hiking with his dog, Pepper.
pep  
Angela Miller
Ms. Miller received her Bachelor of Arts in English at Rutgers
University where she was a member of Athenaeum Honor Society
and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. She is certified
in English and English as a Second Language and is currently working
on her Master of Arts in English Writing Studies.  Since joining the
English Department in 2006, Ms. Miller has taught sophomores,
seniors, and various electives.  Presently, she teaches English II Honors,
English I Honors, English II Accelerated, and English as a Second Language. 
 
"Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many
years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the
experience of the mass is behind the single voice."
~Virginia Woolf
 
miller  
Lora Griffin
Lora Griffin graduated from the University of Delaware in 2003. She
earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Education.
Miss Griffin has been a member of the Shawnee staff since fall 2005.
She has an AP Certificate from LaSalle University. She is currently
enrolled in the Master's of Arts writing program at Rowan University. 
This year, Miss Griffin teaches Freshman, Junior and Senior English courses.

 

She is also a fan of Harry Potter - 10 points for Gryffindor!

 

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.
Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” ~ J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hollows
lora  
 
A. Susan Schliep

Teacher of English, 15 ½ Years 

College: Bachelor of Arts in English; Concentration: Secondary Education

Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey—1996

GPA 3.982, Summa Cum Laude--New Jersey Teaching Certificate

Honors/Awards:

1997 Leonard L. Mancuso Medallion Award--Rowan’s Student-Teacher-
of-the-Year

Women’s Studies Award--Rowan’s Top Five Academic Women

Dean’s List--eight semesters

Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society) and Epsilon Theta Sigma (English)

Graduate Courses and Special Training:

Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA 

  • Research for Better Teaching I and II: Graduate Credit

New Jersey State Training

  • High School Proficiency Assessment training course(s)
  • Student Remedial Assessment training course—certified scorer

LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA

  • Advanced Placement Certification Training for Language and Composition, July 2007
susie  
Randy Latini

Randy Latini graduated from Monmouth University,
where he earned a bachelor's degree in Commmunication
Arts and Education. After receiving his teaching degree
in Speech Arts, Mr. Latini attended Rutgers University,
where he studied English and earned his 2nd teaching
certification in English. Mr. Latini currently teaches
freshman English, Creative Writing, and Public Speaking.

randy

 

Amy Felix

College: Rider University for Bachelors,
Marygrove University for Masters

Year Started at Shawnee: January 2000

Courses Taught this Year: English I, CP & ACC
 
 "A ship in the harbor is safe,
but that's not what ships are built for." ~ William G.T. Shedd
felix
 
Susan Meimbresse
Ms. Meimbresse has been teaching at Shawnee since 2001.
She graduated from Shawnee in 1997 and then attended The
College of New Jersey where she earned a bachelor’s degree
in English/Secondary Education with a minor in Psychology. 
In addition to teaching, she coaches field hockey, which she
has been doing since 2007. For most of her career, she has taught
freshmen and juniors. In addition to those classes, she is currently
teaching the senior AP Literature and Composition course.
sue  


 



 

Last Modified on October 8, 2013